Department of Human Services (Australia)
|Department of Human Services|
|Formed||26 October 2004|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Headquarters||Forrest, Australian Capital Territory|
|Employees||33,658 (at April 2013)|
|Minister responsible||Marise Payne,
Minister for Human Services
|Department executive||Kathryn Campbell, Secretary (since 2011)|
|Child agencies||Australian Hearing
Child Support Agency
The Australian Department of Human Services (also called DHS) is a department of the Government of Australia charged with responsibility for delivering a range of welfare, public aid, health and other services to the people of Australia.
The Department of Human Services delivers its services through a portfolio of two organisations and three departmental master programs:
- Australian Hearing - a statutory authority providing hearing services
- Centrelink - a departmental master program administering the Australian Government’s income support system
- Child Support - a departmental master program providing support to separated parents
- CRS Australia - a DHS business unit providing disability employment services
- Medicare - a departmental master program delivering health programs to Australians
The Department of Human Services was created on 26 October 2004 as part of the Australian Government's Finance and Administration portfolio. At the time of the department's creation, it incorporated the Child Support Agency and CRS Australia.
The Human Services Legislation Amendment Act 2011 integrated the services of Centrelink, Medicare Australia and CRS Australia into the Department of Human Services, with effect from 1 July 2011.
The Secretary at the Department's establishment in 2004 was Patricia Scott. Helen Williams was appointed Secretary of the Department in 2007. Finn Pratt succeeded Williams in September 2009 after her retirement from the public service.
Currently, the Department of Human Services is responsible for administering the following Australian legislation.
- Australian Hearing Services Act 1991
- Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989
- Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988
- Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme – Initial Measures) Act 2006
- Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme – New Formula and other Measures) Act 2006
- Commonwealth Services Delivery Agency Act 1997
- Medicare Australia Act 1973
- CA 9004: Department of Human Services, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 12 December 2013
- Towell, Noel (11 December 2013). "Centrelink boss Kathryn Campbell keeps three offices despite cutbacks". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 11 December 2013.
- Australian Public Service Commission (2 December 2013), State of the Service Report: State of the Service Series 2012-13, Australian Public Service Commission, p. 253, archived from the original on 6 December 2013
- "Secretary of the Department of Human Services". Department of Human Services. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "About us". Department of Human Services. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- "About Us". Australian Hearing. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- "Organisational structure". CRS Australia. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- Howard, John (22 October 2004). "Appointment of Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 19 November 2013.
- Rudd, Kevin (13 August 2009). "Departmental secretaries and statutory office-holders, Canberra" (Press release). Archived from the original on 10 November 2013.
- "Legislation". Department of Human Services. Retrieved 16 October 2011.